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Rain forcing changes to district, league events

Monday, May 13, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.


The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.


EPC announces playoff baseball matchups

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced baseball pairings for the playoffs.

Action gets underway on Saturday, May 11, with four games.

Liberty earned the top seed and will take on 8-seed Whitehall at 12 p.m. at Liberty High School.

Parkland takes the second seed and will host rival Emmaus, which ended as the 7-seed. That game is at 11 a.m. at Parkland.

Northampton earned the third seed and will host Pleasant Valley, the 6-seed, at 12 p.m.

The 4-seed went to Stroudsburg, which will host Easton, the 5-seed at 11 a.m.

EPC announces playoff softball pairings

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The EPC announced pairings for the softball playoff tournament.

Play begins Thursday, May 9, moving up a day from Friday because of the threat of storms.

Parkland earned the top seed and will host 8-seed Whitehall.

Emmaus is the second seed and will host 7-seed Easton. Northampton took the third seed and will host 6-seed Nazareth.

Freedom, the 4-seed, hosts Stroudsburg which is the 5-seed.

Outdoors: Hokey Park Fishing Derby approaching

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Youngsters 15 years of age and under are invited to enter the free 2019 Annual Fishing Derby on May 25, 2019, at Hokey Park located on Lehigh Street in Whitehall.

The derby is open only to children and is hosted by the Whitehall Township Recreation Department with sponsorship from Willie’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Cementon, who provides the prizes for the winners.

Relay team takes fourth

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The first day of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships produced some good results for the host team, with one of their relay teams making it the medal stand.

The Zephyr Sports Complex was the scene for the combined Colonial and EPC Track and Field Championships on Tuesday afternoon. Many of the events on day one were held under a scorching sun, and that may have impacted some of the performances, especially in the distance races.

Pivetta hopes time with Pigs helps turn things around

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have had success with sending struggling pitchers down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get themselves straightened out.

Last season, Hector Neris lost the feel for throwing his splitter and along with it, his confidence. When he returned to the Phillies, he was his old self and probably even better. They had the same hopes for Nick Pivetta and the early returns are pretty good.

Outdoors: Hummingbirds entering Valley area

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

In my opinion, there’s no bird as interesting and fun to watch as hummingbirds. And they’re on the way through the area right now as they’re on their way north, according to the Birding Wire.

As per Perky-Pet’s birding website, a Rufous Hummingbird was spotted on April 29 in Media, PA, and on April 26 a Ruby-Throated was seen in Nesquehoning.

Zephyrs break losing streak at Coca-Cola Park

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Coca-Cola Park Curse is officially broken.

The Zephyrs defeated Parkland 4-3 on Friday afternoon, part of the annual Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Play-Day at the IronPigs facility in Allentown.

While it may not rival The Curse of the Bambino, which was popularized during the Red Sox’s long 86-year title drought, it had been six years since WHS claimed a victory at the Phillies’ Triple A minor league park.

The “curse” was lifted thanks to a total team effort, said head coach Shaun O’Boyle, who was the skipper the last time they at the venue won in 2013.

Switch to left side key for Arner

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

At the start of Rachel Arner’s freshman season, a change at the plate turned her in the right direction, leading to a very successful softball career that’s allowed her to recently achieve a milestone.

That direction, as it turns out, was switching to the left side of the plate. It was a move that the natural right-hander said was suggested by a former coach.

“She [Alexis Berg-Townsend] knew it would be best for me because of my speed,” said Arner.